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Just announced: Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, 20th November.

Just announced: Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, 20th November.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

20 November / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Indestructible rhythms, musical legacies & a funk-fuelled orchestra.

Seun Kuti, the youngest son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, brings his father’s 16-piece funk fuelled orchestra, Egypt 80 and the spirit and beats of Africa to Band on the Wall.

Hailed for continuing Fela’s musical legacy, Seun Kuti took control of his father’s extraordinary combo Egypt 80 at the age of 14 and has been laying down a potent version of those indestructible rhythms ever since.

A number of the current members of the Egypt 80 line-up not only played with Fela, but were participants in Nigeria’s political and social uprising in the early 1980s alongside him.

With the mighty new From Africa With Fury: Rise, Seun Anikulapo Kuti heads up Egypt 80. The album follows Kuti’s critically praised debut, 2008’s Many Things, which was unanimously hailed for continuing Fela’s musical legacy. From Africa With Fury: Rise sees Kuti finding his own idiosyncratic voice as songwriter, singer, and band leader, its songs and sonic approach marked by provocative edge and mature self-assurance.

Produced by Brian Eno, John Reynolds, and Kuti, with additional production by Godwin Logie, and mixed by John Reynolds and Tim Oliver, the album captures Seun and Egypt 80’s extraordinary power, fraught with the scorching rhythms and kinetic funk energy that has earned the band – as ever, under the leadership of alto saxophonist Lekan Animashaun – worldwide acclaim as one of today’s most incendiary live acts. With Kuti’s booming vocal stylings at the forefront, songs are fuelled by call-and-response hooks, breakneck tempos, and combative, topical lyricism which firmly sets the classic Egypt 80 sound in the modern era.

Fans of the Afrobeat movement will be counting down the days until Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 present their electrifying live show and powerful musical message to Manchester.

Leeds Festival presents: Twin Atlantic & Special Guests Pulled Apart By Horses

Leeds Festival presents: Twin Atlantic Pulled Apart By Horses

05 August / 19:30 / More Info / Invitation-only

Glaswegian four-piece rockers Twin Atlantic play a private show just for fans ahead of their Leeds Festival date, with special guests Pulled Apart by Horses.

Twin Atlantic have infused their hard-hitting music with their Scottish heritage which has landed them a whirlwind of gigs and tours since their formation playing with the likes of Aereogramme, Circa Survive, Biffy Clyro, Finch, The Fall of Troy, Thrice, Say Anything, The Smashing Pumpkins, Blink 182, The Gaslight Anthem, Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance, Enter Shikari, The Subways, The Swellers, and You Me At Six.

We are thrilled to welcome them to Band on the Wall.

This is a special fan show - all tickets have been allocated to competition winners.

Just announced: XFM First Friday w/ Jo Good ft. Young Kato & Nothing But Thieves, live, 5th September

Just announced: XFM First Friday w/ Jo Good ft. Young Kato & Nothing But Thieves live.

05 September / 21:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

XFM’s monthly live show and club night is back, with Mistress Of Ceremonies Jo Good as your host. Featuring the live sets from XFM ones to watch and an all-killer, no-filler indie disco courtesy of XFM presenters Jo and Hattie Pearson.

Young Kato

Following a brilliant First Friday performance in January,  British indie pop band Young Kato are back with a new EP - an appetiser for what promises to be one of the most hook filled album releases of the coming 6 months. After their early 2014 tours with You Me At Six and sold out headline tour of their own, the band recorded 6 new tracks and chose the three that best define their new sound for this brand new release. ‘Sunshine’ – the lead track from the EP – is a soaring, beats driven, joy filled anthem with lead vocalist Tommy Wright’s uniquely rangy vocals over the top of Young Kato’s trademark synth and driving guitar sound. ‘Sunshine’ kicks the EP off with what promises to be another huge live favourite and follows that with more sublime indie pop that will no doubt cement the band’s reputation as one of the standout new acts of the last 12 months.

After the bands XFM DJs Jo Good and Hattie Pearson will take you into the wee small hours with a free entry indie disco. From game-changing classic anthems to new talent such as The Vaccines, Jake Bugg and Foals, you’re guaranteed to be dancing to the very best rock, indie and alternative music spanning both time and genre.

Just announced: Youngblood Brass Band, 20th October.

Youngblood Brass Band

20 October / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

“The Midwest’s answer to the Roots”, Youngblood Brass Band are focused on creating consistently progressive, groundbreaking acoustic music, and employing whatever sonic means necessary to do so. The nine-member ensemble hail from all over America (Madison, New Orleans, New York, Nashville, Minneapolis, Chicago) and have been unleashing their crash course in hip-hop/brass band/improv/punk on stages worldwide since 2000.

What other band can claim the honour of having their music spun by DJs like ?uestlove (of The Roots), working with hip hop luminaries like Talib Kweli, having their original compositions performed by student marching bands and jazz ensembles around the globe, and still not be out of place on an all-punk bill? What other band brings together the ostensibly disparate worlds of the trombone geek and the backpacking b-boy?

Youngblood have headlined countless tours worldwide, selling out dates in over 20 countries. Their festival résumé reads like a list of the most important music events in the world: Roskilde, Glastonbury, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, SXSW, CMJ, North Sea Jazz, WOMAD, ad infinitum. Incendiary live shows have secured the band’s status as an incredible group to witness, whether in an intimate club setting or in front of thousands on a festival stage.

“It would take a hard heart indeed to watch one of these troupes playing live and not want to join the parade.” - The Guardian

“Sonically adventurous jazz with funk, soul and hip-hop” The Independent

Just announced: Harvey Mason Chameleon, 18th November.

Harvey Mason Chameleon

18 November / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Harvey Mason is among the most recorded and in-demand drummers of all-time. A legendary, multi-GRAMMY nominated session drummer, producer, composer & recording artist, he has worked with a pantheon of musical giants, including Barbra Streisand, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Bjork, Carlos Santana, Michael Jackson, John Legend, Seal, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has composed and written songs recorded by artists ranging from Nancy Wilson and Mary J. Blige to The Notorious B.I.G., Lupe Fiasco, Nelly/P. Diddy and T.I.

Chameleon, Mason’s  10th solo project overall, adds one more remarkable chapter to his legacy. A blend of R&B, urban and cutting-edge jazz, Chameleon takes its inspiration from the title track, which Mason co-wrote with Herbie Hancock, and is a knowing nod to Mason himself, aptly dubbed the “Chameleon” for his uncanny ability to perform so many styles of music. The album updates classic tracks that Mason either wrote or actually played on, such as Hancock’s “Chameleon,” Grover Washington’s “Black Frost,” Patrice Rushen’s “Before the Dawn,” Donald Byrd’s “Places and Spaces” and Mason’s own “Either Way.” Mason plays Band on the Wall with his new band Chameleon to support this release.

With a commitment to broaden his solo career, Mason says that he’s finally found a good balance. “It’s become more evident to me how much I love playing live and having interaction with band mates and music fans. I’m not a smooth jazz player or a straight-ahead jazz player. I’m more than all of that, I am the Chameleon.” He adds, “The best is yet to come.”

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